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Open Innovation in Government

Open Innovation is a term originally coined by Dr Henry Chesbrough in the early 2000’s best summarised by Figures 1 & 2 below. Figure 1 – Open Innovation  Figure 2 – Open vs Closed Innovation Open Innovation has been compelling to Governments for some time, but lacking the technical platform to realise the enormous potential gains. This is where IBM’s Bluemix platform […]

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Cloud – Pushing IT Decisions from the CIO shop to the Line of Business

Cloud technologies are allowing leaders in the Line of Business (in government the Program Manager) to make decisions about IT infrastructure and support. The CIO is providing the tools for the PM to decide what is needed and directly trade off cost and performance – not just living with what the CIO provides. Cloud comes […]

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The Internet of Postal Things

The Internet of Things (IoT) occupies a promising – and potentially perilous – position on the technology hype curve. With regard to the promise, our IoT research and initiatives confirm deeply held beliefs about the significant benefits that neighborhoods, cities, states, and countries can realize as a result of becoming more instrumented, interconnected, and intelligent. […]

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SAP and the Hybrid Cloud

Hybrid Cloud is an approach where for an organization some applications are local and some are hosted in a data center with a Cloud business model. Applications that are being efficiently run in one manner do not necessarily need to be converted to Cloud support. One approach is not best for all and so there […]

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Smarter Security for Systems of Engagement

In early September 2014 I had the pleasure of presenting to the US EUCOM Cyber Endeavour in Graffenwoehr, Germany. This is a very short version of what I said! Four key areas of technology underpin our Smarter Planet vision – Cloud, Big Data / Analytics, Social Business & Mobile.  All are relevant to, and increasingly used by the military […]

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Cloud for Defense & Intelligence

If you asked “What is Cloud?” to ten people you would get at least five different answers, and this is a large improvement in just the last two years. The Cloud concept has evolved into providing an organization with flexible options to consume IT services in the way it needs. One of the main principles […]

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Driving Softlayer and BlueMix Partner Adoption

This week we held the Federal Summit with FCW at the Reagan Center in Washington, D.C. Several important new IBM offerings were announced at the event including the IBM Softlayer Federal datacenters, Federal Softlayer Security Operations Centers, and the BlueMix Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS) Acceleration program. My team has been hard at work on these initiatives helping […]

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Shifting the Healthcare Landscape with New Business Models and New Technologies

When we talk about healthcare transformation, many casual observers think that transformation is only related to the major Federal government mandates of the last several years, either the Affordable Care Act, and more specifically the insurance marketplace, or the Hitech Act and Meaningful Use.  Others look at the consumer mobility revolution with its potential to […]

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Hey, Medicare Fraud Strike Force – Rock On!

Health care fraud costs governments hundreds of billions of dollars each year.  Being a nut about effective government keeps me thinking about waste, fraud, and abuse.   Fortunately, things are looking up. Click here to Retweet In mid-May, the US Medicare Fraud Strike Force charged 90 people with defrauding Medicare of $260M. Some charged were physicians […]

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Global Convergence: Making public sector IT security controls not so different

For those of us focused on providing public sector IT solutions, it’s no big secret that industry specific and mandated security standards and accreditations don’t translate well to the private sector or commercial environments. Certainly governments are faced with different risks and threats that often necessitate a different approach or more stringent security controls than […]

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Keeping an Eye on the Fundamental Objectives

Deliver better outcomes or lower costs.  At the end of the day, those two criteria should be the basis for ANY technology investments.  As federal agencies look to adopt cloud computing, it is important to keep the fundamental objectives of better outcomes and lower costs at the center of the conversation. What decades of experience […]

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Cloud Computing Open Standards: Topology, Orchestration, and Open Services

Many of today’s Cloud Computing consumers are frustrated with the lack of interoperability and flexibility when it comes to being able to host cloud computing workloads across either public, private and or hybrid clouds, as well as when there is a desire or need to migrate cloud workloads across cloud instantiations as implemented by differing […]

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